Henrico, Va. Feb. 11, 2020 — Members of the public are invited to voice their opinions Thursday at a public hearing on Henrico Schools’ Recommended Financial Plan for 2020-21. The 6 p.m. public hearing will be held at New Bridge Learning Center in eastern Henrico County, after the School Board’s regular work session.

School Board members want feedback on the document from the public as the Board reviews it.

The Board is expected to approve a budget this month, after which the plan moves to the Henrico Board of Supervisors for its approval.

Public hearing on 2020-21 Recommended Financial Plan:
When: Feb 13 at 6 p.m. (following School Board’s regular 4 p.m. work session)
Where: New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223 

The recommended plan includes $19 million in new funding and addresses some major needs of Henrico families, teachers and staff members. It focuses on more opportunities and support systems for students and teachers, continued investment in safe and well-maintained learning spaces, and restoring cuts suffered during the Great Recession. Important budget initiatives include adding 40 school counselors — nearly doubling the existing number at the elementary level — and adding staff to ensure that elementary teachers have daily planning time. Find out more about the recommended plan by going to henricoschools.us/budget-finance/.

The recommended budget was presented to the School Board Jan. 30 after significant input from the public and employees, including two community input meetings in October and two additional public input sessions in front of the School Board in November and December. Community input, ideas and feedback were also received via email.

The recommended plan for the school division’s general fund totals $533,489,709, a 3.7% increase over the current year. Building and revising the document is a collaborative process between HCPS staff members and general government partners, led by John Vithoulkas, Henrico county manager.

Find out more about upcoming Henrico School Board meetings and work sessions by going to henricoschools.us/school-board/.